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HELENA — Democratic House candidate John Lewis on Thursday released a five-part farm and ranch platform that he said reaffirms his commitment to the one in five Montana jobs that depend on agriculture.
HELENA – Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., voted with the House Republican majority Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for what they say was exceeding his constitutional authority.
HELENA – The Judicial Nomination Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to submit the names of three attorneys to Gov. Steve Bullock for consideration as the next state workers’ compensation judge.
HELENA — One man behind the effort to draft former Gov. Brian Schweitzer for president is a 24-year-old Connecticut educator who was impressed with the Montanan’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
HELENA — Zachary Lahn is the new state director of the Montana chapter of Americans for Prosperity,
HELENA — Next year, all large employers will be required to offer health insurance to their workers — and for health care firms that rely on government funding to provide services to the poor, that mandate poses a special problem.
HELENA — Direct democracy, a proud tradition in Montana for more than a century, fell flat on its face this year.
HELENA — State investments showed a return of 17.17 percent on all pension investments in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
HELENA — A Connecticut man has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to form a committee called “Draft Brian Schweitzer,” but he did not specify for which federal office.
HELENA — Sen. John Walsh’s two opponents in the Democratic primary in June were critical of Walsh’s plagiarism of a paper written at the U.S. Army War College.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a lower-court decision supporting the state Board of Livestock’s decision to keep its rule providing for a “sell-by” date for milk of 12 days after pasteurization.
HELENA — The online plagiarism detection service iThenticate determined that U.S. Sen. John Walsh’s final paper at the U.S. Army War College had a similarity index of 79 percent.
HELENA — The New York Times reported Wednesday that Montana’s newest senator, Democrat John Walsh, plagiarized large portions of his final paper submitted for his 2007 master’s degree at the U.S. Army War College.
HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke is back on the ballot for Supreme Court justice, but he starts out at a big disadvantage in campaign fundraising in his race against Justice Mike Wheat.
HELENA—In a 4-3 decision on Tuesday, the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower-court ruling and put Lawrence VanDyke back on the November ballot as a candidate for Supreme Court justice.
HELENA — Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said Monday that no citizen initiatives obtained enough voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
HELENA — Montana is one of two dozen states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul — but it’s still added a higher-than-expected number of folks to this program that pays medical bills for the poor.
HELENA — While the debate rages over whether Montana should expand Medicaid to cover low-income adults, a dramatic expansion of Medicaid and a related government health plan has already happened — to cover children.
HELENA — NorthWestern Energy CEO Bob Rowe told state regulators Thursday that the company’s $870 million purchase of a dozen hydroelectric dams is a solid plan to rebuild the utility and benefit customers, and that suggestions that the company will unduly profit are wrong.
HELENA — The state of Montana asked a federal judge on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four gay and lesbian couples challenging Montana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
HELENA — The state Revenue Department will ask the 2015 Legislature to change the law to allow the sales prices of real estate to be publicly disclosed, Director Mike
HELENA — Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke has changed campaign managers after winning the primary last month.
HELENA — House Republican candidate Ryan Zinke has amassed more in personal wealth than his Democratic opponent, John Lewis, their financial disclosure statements filed with the House show.
HELENA — U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, by far, is the wealthiest member of Montana’s congressional delegation — and, according to financial-disclosure reports, has personal wealth more than 125 times that of his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Walsh.
HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the only working farmer in the U.S. Senate, reported assets last year valued at $1.1 million to $2.2 million, most of which are his family’s organic grain farm west of Big Sandy.
HELENA — House candidate Ryan Zinke’s total campaign debt is now at about $83,300 under an amended Federal Election Commission report, up $26,000 from the $57,300 debt reported earlier this week.
HELENA — Since the launch of the federal government’s online health insurance “marketplace” in Montana last October, a net 30,000 Montanans have gained new health coverage, the state auditor’s office said Tuesday.
HELENA — The lead witness for a Montana consumer-advocate office said Tuesday that if regulators approve NorthWestern Energy’s $900 million purchase of a dozen hydroelectric dams without changes, it will mean guaranteed profits for the company and much higher costs for ratepayers.
HELENA — Republican candidate Ryan Zinke has raised the most money so far in the race for the U.S. House, but his Democratic opponent, John Lewis, has the most cash left in the bank, new Federal Election Commission reports released Monday show.
HELENA — The Remington Arms Co. has confirmed it will offer to replace trigger mechanisms on millions of Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles, as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement reported earlier this week.
HELENA — A legislative panel Thursday voted to advance a report on how to encourage more state involvement in management of federal lands in Montana — but not before changing it to say transferring those lands to the state should be considered a “last resort.”
HELENA — Top executives at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana did not take a pay cut last year, as reported erroneously by the Gazette State Bureau in May — but, rather, received quite a bit more in total compensation.
HELENA — A study of federal land management problems in Montana roiled a legislative panel Wednesday, as some members said the report has a “hidden agenda” of transferring ownership of federal lands to the state.
HELENA — The sponsor of an initiative to make all marijuana illegal in Montana conceded Tuesday that its backers probably didn’t get enough signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.
HELENA — Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis released a plan Tuesday to clean up Congress that calls for cutting members’ $174,000-a-year pay by 10 percent and eliminating their “gold-plated” pensions.
HELENA – Montana’s tarnished utility-deregulation law wove its way through the fabric of Tuesday’s hearing on NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to buy a dozen hydroelectric dams, with a company lawyer calling the plan a chance to “put the failed experiment of utility deregulation behind us.”
HELENA — The Remington Arms Co. has reached a nationwide settlement of claims that most of its Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles have a defective trigger mechanism — a settlement likely to include the recall of millions of the popular firearm.
Richard Barber, shown in 2013 in his office filled with documents about Remington Arms Co. Barber said a federal court agreement with the gun maker and plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit accomplishes what he wanted to accomplish. “I guess it’s safe to say, it’s better late than never.”
HELENA — Here are some of the early accomplishments of Gov. Steve Bullock’s Main Street Montana program, the administration said:
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock, in conjunction with the co-chairs of his Main Street Montana Project, Bill Johnstone and Larry Simkins, has appointed a number of Montana business leaders to be co-chairs of Key Industry Networks to implement the business plan.
HELENA — So what is the Main Street Montana Project?
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s Main Street Montana project, a public-private partnership to develop and implement a state business plan, is moving ahead, with his appointment of some top business leaders to serve as co-chairs of a dozen industry sectors.
HELENA — Montana union leaders said Tuesday they foresee no immediate impact in Montana from a U.S. Supreme Court decision that concluded certain government employees don’t have to pay fees to the unions representing them.
HELENA — In its fight to take over the private water utility serving Missoula, the city is pushing for public disclosure of what the utility pays some of its top executives, saying it’s an excessive cost Missoula water users shouldn’t have to pay.
HELENA — A legislative panel studying the state parole board voted Friday to draft at least two bills revising or limiting the board’s powers — and some members want to look at even further restrictions and changes.
HELENA — A legislative panel Friday undid its earlier decision to ask the FBI to investigate the privately operated prison at Shelby, but still voted to support a study and full-scale audit of the prison that holds 550 state inmates.
HELENA — Leaders of an abortion rights group here said they don’t believe a Montana law will be affected by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a Massachusetts law banning protests within a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics.
HELENA — Montana ranks as the most fiscally prudent state in the country, a study in Governing magazine shows.
HELENA — State Auditor Monica Lindeen confirmed Wednesday that’s she exploring whether to run for Montana secretary of state in 2016 — but said she’s a long way from deciding.
HELENA — A Bozeman attorney is urging the state Republican Party to proceed with a federal lawsuit to close GOP primary elections to nonparty members, but the party’s state chairman said no decision has been made yet.